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Victim identified in fatal crash near Hilo

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:15 p.m. HST, Jun 16, 2013

Hawaii County police have identified Joseph Nieves Jr., 23, as the victim of a Friday night single-vehicle crash in Keaukaha.

Police said Nieves is believed to be from the Hilo area.

Another person, believed to be a teenager, was seriously injured in the crash that occurred around 10:40 p.m. when the car crossed the center line of Kalanianaole Avenue, hit a utility pole and crashed into a rock wall, police said.

Nieves was pronounced dead at the scene, while the teen was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

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